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Louisiana ranks even lower on bad bridge list

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Posted: Apr 25, 2014 10:24 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Apr 25, 2014 10:24 PM
Source: WBRZ, Associated Press

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Topics: bridges, DOTD, audit, inspection, Lebas

BATON ROUGE- The state's dilapidated bridges forced an even lower mark on a national list ranking the worst highway structures.

The state ranks thirteenth of the places with the most structurally deficient bridges.

The list was published almost two weeks after a state audit found the state Department of Transportation and Development needs to improve its inspections of Louisiana's bridges. But, DOTD Secretary Sherri LeBas noted the state wasn't deemed non-compliant on any bridge inspection benchmarks, but rather fell short of full compliance.

The state has a backlog of about $2.5 billion in repairs and funding for those projects is limited.
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